Mikel Arteta says that Thomas Partey’s ankle injury doesn’t look good, revealing the midfielder is set for a scan tomorrow.
It’s a worry for the Arsenal boss, who saw the Ghanaian go down under a challenge from Ruben Loftus-Cheek. After some initial treatment, he carried on but had to be taken off a few minutes later.
“I just had a talk with the doc,” said Arteta. He’ll have a scan tomorrow. At the moment it’s not looking good.”
Arteta on Partey.
"I just had a talk with the doc. He'll have a scan tomorrow. At the moment it's not looking good."
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) August 1, 2021
The early prognosis was not great either:
Found the specific mechanism of injury for Partey (see picture).
This is typically indicative of a “high ankle sprain” aka syndesmotic tear. These typically come with a 4-6 week return timeline if a grade 1 injury. Recent example is Harry Maguire. pic.twitter.com/syae1CWCjk
— Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT (@3cbPerformance) August 1, 2021
Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see, but that a scan is even necessary is a worrying sign.
Partey had been particularly impressive during the first half too, a promising sign ahead of the new season, but it now looks as if he might be sidelined for the opening weeks.
Keep fingers crossed it’s not as bad as it appears to be.